In this post, I will show you how I made Halloween baseball cookies for my son’s baseball team. I used edible paint, royal icing, and my airbrush to create these spooky little cookies. You could definitely change the color of the baseballs to make them look like softballs or even use this technique on whatever ball goes with the sport you’re into. Basketballs, footballs, volleyballs, tennis balls, just use your imagination!
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Baseball Cookies For Halloween
This tutorial follows the one I previously posted about how to make Halloween Baseball Bats Cookies. Be sure to check it out so you can see how this complete set was made.
Before I start walking you through the steps, feel free to check out the video of how I decorated these baseballs. Enjoy!
Preparing Your Cookies and Icing
As I mentioned in my previous post, I have not yet published my recipe for the chocolate chip roll out cookies I used here. In the meantime, If you are looking for a recipe to try I suggest my Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies or my Perfect Sugar Cookies.
You can use any round cookie cutter. I used a 2.5″ cutter. I personally love this set because it gives me a variety of sizes and I end up using circles very often.
When you are ready to start decorating your cookies, prepare your icing. Here is my recipe for my favorite royal icing.
Painting The Faces
I drew a few different faces on my baseballs, but for the tutorial, I am only going to go over one of them. Just pick whatever you like and use a Kopykake, Pico, stencil, or freehand the faces onto your cookies using an edible black marker. Also, draw the lines for the seams of the baseball.
Next, using edible paint, fill in the faces on the cookies. I used Edible Art Paint in black, but you could also mix black petal dust or food gel coloring with Everclear or clear vanilla. I must say, though, I am a big fan and constant user of the Edible Art Paints!
Let your paint dry completely. This is very important so that your white icing in the next step doesn’t have the black bleed into it.
Decorating With Icing
Now it is time for you to do all of your outlining. Outline the face, the seams, and the edge (circle) or the cookie. I used a size 1 tip with piping consistency icing. Once you have your outline done, you can go ahead and drive right into flooding the center section of the cookie. You do not need to wait for the outlining to dry as long as you’re careful. While you want to use your scribe to flood the icing over the lines of the outlining to cover them up (ex. outer edge and face outlines), don’t cover the seams. I think it looks better to have the gap between your white sections when you go to add the stitching in red. If that confuses you, check out my video above to see what I mean. You need to let the middle section set up before moving on to flooding the outer sections. I just pop my wet iced cookie in a warm oven (lowest possible temp. of about 150 degrees) for 10-15 minutes. Once it cools off I move on.
Flood the outer sections the same way you did the middle section. You can use the oven method to dry this step as well. You need your cookie to be dry before you can move on to the next step.When your cookie has dried, you are going to add the stitching. I used icing colored red and mixed it to a consistency a little thinner than I would typically pipe with. You want all the little stitches to lay flat and not have to flatten little pointy edges sticking up if it’s too thick. I used a size 0 piping tip.
You can use a projector if you prefer or just freehand the stitches. Let the stitches dry before moving on.
Finally, you will be using your airbrush to make the baseballs look old and dirty. (If you don’t have an airbrush you can use petal dust in brown.) I used Amerimist Warm Brown and sprayed all of the edges to age/dirty them up.Let the airbrushed coloring dry, and you’re done!
Perfectly Sporty and Spooky!
If you’ve watched my video and read the tutorial and still have any questions, feel free to ask. I hope whoever you make these for loves them as much as my son and his teammates did.
Happy Halloween and have fun decorating.